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By Jenny Gould, Jun 19 2019 10:01AM

Whilst I don't usually quote from religious texts, I love this one that I heard recently whilst listening to an Andrew Solomon TED talk:


" If you bring out what is within you, then what is within you will save you.

If you will not bring out what is within you, then what is within you will destroy you"


Gnostic Gospel of St Thomas

By Jenny Gould, Oct 7 2016 11:24AM


Disturbing new data from NHS Digital shows that one in five women reported a common mental disorder such as anxiety and depression in 2014, compared with one in eight men.


The study of mental health and wellbeing is based on research on 7,500 members of the public – just over 300 of them were women aged 16-24. The 2014 data showed the gender gap in mental illness had become most pronounced in young people, and had increased since the first survey in 1993.


Young women are the highest risk group in England for mental health problems, according to the data with this age group also showing high rates of self-harm and post-traumatic stress.Clinical hypnotherapy can be more effective than medication in dealing with anxiety, depression and

similar issues. Therapists who are registered with the National Council for Hypnotherapy are urged to join the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) – the UK voluntary regulator set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists.


In treating people with anxiety and other CMDs, the NCH says: “A hypnotherapist can help assess the anxiety, identifying the root of stress or anxiety whether it is a situation, a physical issue, a past experience or a relationship.”


Using this information, the therapist will establish what goals the person wants to achieve in their mental life and work with them to reach these goals using a range of different techniques.


“After sessions with a hypnotherapist you may feel more confident; more relaxed in situations that have previously challenged you,” adds the NCH. “Many people say that they are calmer and that they have more clarity of thought – able to make decisions more easily.”


See the full article from NCH here:

https://www.hypnotherapists.org.uk/6450/common-mental-disorders-rise-among-young-women


By Jenny Gould, Mar 19 2015 11:48AM


A new study illustrates the link between reduced working memory capacity and dysphoria, a significant and prolonged depressed mood related to clinical depression. Building on the knowledge that dysphoric individuals (DIs) and clinically depressed people maintain their attention on 'mood-congruent' information longer than people without depressed mood, researchers carried out three studies to test both working memory and processing speed.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150318074442.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fmind_brain%2Fanger_management+%28Anger+Management+News+--+ScienceDaily%29

By Jenny Gould, Dec 15 2011 04:54PM

Our thinking habits, attitudes and beliefs influence every aspect of our lives - our mood, our emotional resilience, stress levels, performance, relationships, and the potential to fulfill our goals and ambitions. But where do they all come from – how do they develop?


Your beliefs are generalisations about the world, formed from all the things you have been told about yourself and the world around you from the minute you were born, and based on your limited experience of life. So in a nutshell you have created an image of yourself based on the opinions of other people, or what you perceived those opinions to be. Initially they were based on your interactions with parents, teachers and other 'grown-ups'. The problem is that when we are young we don’t have the intellectual ability to question the things we hear, so we accept them as the truth.


As we go through life we continue to create our image of ourselves, effortlessly nourishing and reinforcing those beliefs, and behaving in a way that fits with that image - a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy. We search for evidence to support those beliefs, and we often don’t notice any evidence to the contrary – evidence that might show us how ridiculous that belief is.



When I was young I remember my mother once introduced my sister as “the pretty one” and me as “the clever one”! The truth is I can’t even be sure it actually happened that way at all, but that’s how it lives in my memory. So of course all my life I wanted to be the pretty one (the ‘clever’ bit didn’t register at all) and I guess my sister wanted to be ‘clever’ – instead Mum often called her “airy fairy”.


We get into the habit of ignoring all the positive things people say about us, choosing to focus on one small negative comment, because it fits with some irrational belief we have about ourselves. We almost search for the evidence to support it, ignoring the evidence to the contrary.


Our beliefs create our unique perspective on the world, and as we grow and develop these beliefs form ‘filters’ through which we see everything around us, often blinding us to other possibilities. They’re such an integral part of the fabric of who we are that we don’t even really see them, let alone question them!


Remember that your perception of what is true is not the same as something actually being true!


By Jenny Gould, Dec 6 2011 10:59PM


We can't control the changing seasons, however much we might like to! In winter many of us are affected by the dark days, influencing our mood, energy levels, sleep, appetite, and ability to enjoy life. And about 1 in 20 of us are affected more seriously, in the form of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).


The lack of light in the winter can upset our circadian rhythm (or body clock) triggering an imbalance between serotonin (the feel good hormone) and melatonin (which prepares us for sleep). This can lead to low levels of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that helps maintain a happy state of mind.

Of course early man lived much more in harmony with nature - winter being a time for slowing down, introspection and taking stock, ready for a spurt of activity in spring. Unfortunately modern life makes that somewhat difficult!


Tips for feeling better:


•It’s vital to maximize light exposure, so wrap up and get outside. It reminds us of the simple pleasures of being a creature - appreciate the changing seasons and the small details of nature. Consider light therapy - light boxes and dawn simulator clocks can make a real difference to your mood. I can personally recommend them. Google for lots of research data and suppliers.

•Get plenty of exercise – it increases levels of serotonin!


•Keep stress in check and get lots of rest and relaxation. A high speed lifestyle is working against nature!

•Eat healthily. Watch the carbohydrates – we often crave them in winter and overdo things.


•Have a regular sleep routine – try to go to bed and get up at about the same time, even at weekends

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•Notice your thoughts. Our thoughts affect how we feel, so challenging negative thoughts and developing a more positive attitude will make all the difference. Remind yourself what’s good in life, what you are grateful for.


•Ask yourself ‘what energises me, what makes me feel better?’ and do more of it.


•Fun and laughter are great antidotes to depression – plan outings, see friends, maybe learn a foreign language, join a club or take up pottery. Make the effort –it’s worth it.


•Enjoy the simple pleasures of lighting a fire, or beautifully fragranced candles, a cosy sofa and a good book…. and that steaming cup of hot chocolate! Enjoy living in the moment!


If you need some support don’t bottle it up – talk to a friend, have some counselling or life coaching. And remember spring is just around the corner!



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